Our Teachers

Reverend Krishna Damian Boscardin

Reverend Krishna Damian, RYT 500, has been devotedly teaching Hatha Yoga since 2001. He is a certified massage therapist and holds several certifications in Acupressure, Therapeutics and Energetics of Yoga. 

He teaches Meditation and is a certified teacher of Raja Yoga, Yoga for Every Body, and Triaxial Yoga trhough Yoga Life Society. He often offers study groups on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita. Reverend Krishna has been trained and ordained as a Yoga Life Minister by his teacher Sri Guruji Reverend Jaganath Carrera. 

As a long devotee of spiritual and scriptural study, he loves and lives to share the ancient teachings of Yoga in ways that are relevant and practical to today’s way of living.

Ranjani Kim Bradle

 

Ranjani Kim has been a disciple of Sri Guruji and a member of YLS sangha for ten years. The practices and teachings of Yoga have provided the foundation and inspiration for her path of healing, growth, opening, and connection to all life offers.

 

Ranjani is the owner of Jaya Yoga in Red Bank, New Jersey, where she offers private Yoga sessions, small group classes, and workshops. She has been teaching Yoga in mental health settings for the past ten years and has twenty-five years of professional experience in social work. Ranjani holds advanced certifications in Yoga, Meditation, Yoga Energetics and Healing, Triaxial Yoga Therapeutics, Street Yoga, and Mindfulness Meditation.

Manjula JoAnn Chell

 

Manjula JoAnn, RN, RYT is a certified Structural Yoga teacher and a registered Yoga Alliance teacher since 2008. She completed her 200-hour certification at Stone Yoga in Teaneck, NJ.  She is an initiate of Sri Guruji Reverend Jaganath Carrera and completed the Raja Yoga Teacher Training with Him in April 2012 and completed the three year Acharya Training Program with His supreme guidance.  

 

Manjula’s approach to Yoga teaching is heart centered from gentle to lightly challenging. She has a deep desire to help all of her students experience the healing, joy and peace of Yoga.  She believes Yoga is for everyone and strives for all attendees to be safe and comfortable.  She is a Registered Nurse and has worked in hospital settings for 25 years before moving on to the school setting 15 years ago.

 

Manjula is eternally grateful to all of her yoga teachers, especially Sri Guruji, Margabandhu Matarano and Charlotte Stone who guide her on this yoga path. She is also grateful to her husband, children and grandchildren for their support in this Yoga Path.

Reverend Abhaya Cordova

 

Reverend Abhaya is an ordained Minister with the Yoga Life Society, under the guidance of Sri Guruji Reverend Jaganath Carrera. Dedicating her life to the study and practice of Yoga, her studies are ongoing as an Integral Yoga Teacher as well as a Raja Yoga and Meditation teacher.

As a Traditional Usui Reiki Master Teacher and Integrated Energy Therapy Master Instructor, a Western and Shiatsu massage therapist, craniosacral practitioner, and Theta Healing teacher, she offers a spiritual approach to bodywork and a unique perspective to the classes she offers.

Reverend Abhaya facilitates the healing process in her classes and sessions by guiding you to a safe and sacred space of inner quiet. In this space, the body and subconscious mind can heal and be restored at deeper levels, and the peaceful True Nature can emerge. 

Usha Dawn DeMarco

Usha Dawn has been serving the holistic health and yoga communities for nearly two decades. She received her formal Hatha Yoga teacher training at Freehold Yoga Center in 2000 and is a Yoga Alliance, enriched 500-hour and beyond, Certificate Educational Program (YACEP). Usha holds certifications as a Raja Yoga teacher by Reverend Jaganath Carrera and also as a Radiant Child Yoga teacher. She is a graduate of The Kripalu School of Ayurvedic Medicine in Lennox, Massachusetts. Usha received her first Reiki attunement in 2004 and is now a Reiki Master/ teacher as well as an Integrated Energy Therapy practitioner.

Karuna Lynne Elson

 

Karuna Lynne has been a Hatha Yoga instructor for over thirteen years. She received Yoga teacher training in the Sivananda and Integral Yoga styles, as well with Yoga Life Society (YLS), thereby developing her familiarity with the styles of the lineage. She also earned certification in Yoga Energetics and Healing as well as Meditation from YLS. She is a founding member of YLS and is grateful to be a disciple of Sri Guruji Reverend Jaganath Carrera.

 

Karuna teaches Yoga and Mindfulness for the East Brunswick Board of Education staff and runs an after-school Hatha Yoga club for students. She has been teaching YLS-style Hatha Yoga classes in New Jersey fitness centers, nursing homes, summer camps, 55+ communities, festivals, and recreational facilities.

 

Karuna also writes children’s yoga books, has composed a musical yoga CD, and gives workshops with her puppet guru, Swami Cat. You can find out more on SwamiCat.com.

Ilene Kali Greenfield

 

Ilene Kali, RYT, AYS, is a yogini with more than 10 years of teaching experience. She is also a Reiki Level II practitioner. Her understanding of ancient scriptures and universal principles brings the classics of hatha alignment and breathing together with modern practical applications for healing to your practice. 
 

Kali was a founding yoga teacher at Essence of Self in Ringwood, NJ, along with proprietor Nancy Smith, ayurvedic practitioner, massage therapist and Reiki Master. She studied with Fusun Charles, devoted student of Jyoti at Starseed Yoga in Montclair, NJ, and  received RYT certification through Yogaworks Teacher Training at Highland Yoga in Butler, NJ, in 2008. She has certificates in Triaxial Yoga and Meditation from Yoga Life Society in Woodland Park, NJ, and Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist certification from the Himalayan Instititute of Honesdale, PA, Allahabad and Khajuraho, India.

 

Arjuna Matthew Grey

 

Yoga and Arjuna Matthew fell in love with each other in 2011 when he took his first Yoga class, discovered his first copy of the Yoga Sutras, and met his teacher—Reverend Jaganath Carrera. He began to intensely study and practice the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, as well as other Yoga scriptures, and has never looked back. Continuously wonderstuck and humbled at Yoga’s ability to transform his perception, heart, and mind, Arjuna believes Yoga entails being happy and learning about oneself and one’s interconnections to others. He describes his yogic path with the words “Be good, do good,” quoting one of the ways Master Sivananda defined Yoga—Master Sivananda is his param-para guru, or his guru’s guru’s guru. Arjuna aspires to grow through loving and serving. With this intention, he approaches students and the practice of Yoga.

In 2016, Arjuna underwent his 200-hour teacher training at Real Hot Yoga with Jeff Posner, from whom he learned vinyasa flow with an emphasis on sequencing. In 2018, he received his master’s degree in social work and is now licensed to do good. He spends his time teaching Yoga, Meditation, and Yoga philosophy as well as working in the field of addiction as a social worker.  He appreciates integrity, humor/playfulness, and kindness. 

Indrani Nancy Grossman

 

Indrani Nancy has served as a Yoga teacher for eleven years. Indrani is also a special-needs Yoga practitioner, certified in teaching Triaxial Yoga and Yoga for Teens. As her new passion, she enjoys guiding practice of a joint-freeing series designed to increase wellness and ease joint pain. In addition to her Hatha Yoga teaching experience, Indrani serves as a Yoga Life Society Acharya and continues to study Yoga philosophy and Meditation under the guidance of her guru, Sri Reverend Jaganath Carrera. 

Reverend Saraswati Andrea Lee

 

Reverend Saraswati is a senior disciple of Reverend Jaganath Carrera. Under His direction, she completed seminary training to become a Yoga Life Minister in 2018. As a certified Yoga instructor, she excels at teaching all facets of Yoga including Yoga philosophy and Meditation. She leads workshops for Yoga Life Society and Newark Center for Meditative Culture. She serves as an assistant teacher at Montclair Cooperative School, a preschool in her hometown of Montclair. Reverend Saraswati believes in the great potential of Yoga and education to build bridges connecting people of all traditions who celebrate the virtues of peace, harmony, and service. As a talented musician, Reverend Saraswati also uses devotional aspects of Yoga, including chanting and singing, to build such bridges. 

Reverend Shanti JoAnne Lemaire

 

Reverend Shanti JoAnne Lemaire, E-RYT 500, is certified in Hatha, Raja Yoga/Philosophy of Meditation, Therapeutic, and Restorative Yoga. In different venues, Reverend Shanti teaches these various branches of Yoga, with classes that are focused on the energetics of the body, mind, and soul, allowing peace, healing, and harmony to shine forth.

She was ordained as a Yoga Life Minister in 2014. She provides ecumenical services such as weddings, memorial services, and house and baby blessings. 

As a child, Reverend Shanti felt a deep yearning for peace and union with the Divine. Eventually she found her hOMe with Yoga and her beloved guru, Sri Reverend Jaganath Carrera, whom she continues to actively serve, in addition to Yoga Life Society’s spiritual community and beyond.

The following quote from Reverend Shanti affirms her strong commitment to compassionately serving humanity. “The study and practices of Yoga have helped me to realize that serving others brings great peace to our own hearts as well as to those we serve, drawing us closer to God.” 

Vimala Vicki Moll

Vimala Vicki has been practicing Yoga for twenty-four years. She was introduced to Yoga by taking Hatha Yoga classes. In 2003 she received her 300-hour teacher certification from Sun and Moon Yoga Studio, one of the three oldest schools of yoga in the Washington, D.C., area. She has been expanding her practices by studying Raja Yoga with Sri Guruji Reverend Jaganath Carrera and learning from other members of Yoga Life Society’s spiritual community. She also completed her Meditation and Triaxial Yoga teacher trainings with Sri Guruji. She likes to invite others to benefit from the stress-reducing qualities of Yoga as well as to appreciate its many aspects.

Reverend Santoshi Gina Mongiello

 

Reverend Santoshi Gina Mongiello, BA, MA, LMT, is a 500-hour certified Yoga teacher, and a Yoga Life Minister. She has been studying all facets of Yoga with her beloved guru, Reverend Jaganath Carerra, since 2009. Through His teaching, her Yoga practice, which began twenty years ago as a means to find stress release and fitness, turned into a lens with which to see all of life. She lives and shares what she has been learning. is a Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in John Barnes Myofascial Release Approach, a Holistic Health Consultant/Detox Specialist, an Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioner, She has a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University and a MA in Environmental Studies from Montclair State University.

 

She has been an avid student/seeker of good health and wellness for all of her adult life. She has studied formally with many mind-body health experts: Dr. Robert Morse ND, Viktoras Kulvinskas, Margabhandu Martarano, John Barnes, PT, and her Beloved Guru Reverend Jaganath Carerra. She currently serves as the Director of Yoga Life Center.

Mirabai Catherine Moon

 

Mirabai Moon began practicing the Integral style of Hatha Yoga in 2001 when she was pregnant with her son Max, and fell in love with the practice.  She became a registered Yoga teacher in 2010 after completing her 200-hour Yoga teacher certification through Paula Heitzner at the New Age Center in Nyack, New York.  Her training combined a broad range of styles including Kripalu Yoga, Iyengar, Integral, Sivananda, and Ashtanga. The same year she also completed her Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga teacher training through Debra Geymayr at Prenatal Plus Yoga in Miami, Florida. Both programs are recognized by Yoga Alliance. 

 

More recently she has studied restorative Yoga with Jillian Pransky. Mirabai's greatest loves are Bhakti Yoga, the Yoga of devotion, and Nada Yoga, the Yoga of sound, and she likes to bring elements of both into her Hatha Yoga classes.  As a disciple of Sri Guruji Reverend Jaganath Carrera, she was named “Mirabai” by Sri Guruji after the famous Hindu mystic poet of the Bhakti Yoga movement.

Amrita Kristin Mylecraine

 

Amrita Kristin has been practicing yoga for over ten years and has been sharing her love of the practice with others since 2014.  She completed her 200-hour teaching certification in 2014 through studying at the Center of Natural Living as well as Kula Yoga and Wellness in Stanhope, New Jersey. She received her 500-hour teacher certification in 2016 after completing the advanced teacher training program at JaiPure Yoga Center in Montclair with Reverend Amba Marcie Wallace and Loryn Riggiola. 

 

Amrita completed the Yoga Life Meditation teacher training in 2018 under the guidance of her spiritual teacher, Reverend Jaganath Carrera, and Yoga Life Society teachers; she holds additional teaching certification in Yin Yoga.  

Reverend Lakshmi Vivian Suszczynski

Reverend Lakshmi Vivian has been practicing Yoga for fifteen years. She received her Yoga teaching certification through Yoga Life Society in 2015. Reverend Lakshmi has also received teacher certifications in Meditation and Triaxial Yoga.  In 2018 she became a Yoga Life Minister under the guidance of and through studying the Teachings with Reverend Jaganath Carrera, her beloved guru. Yoga practices help create space in the body and mind through the breath to enable more easeful and peaceful living. In her teaching, Reverend Lakshmi serves by helping others find ease and inner peace, both on and off the mat.

 

Lakshmi has been a medical technologist for 26 years and is dedicated to serving others. “Yoga is for every body! Yoga makes space in the body, the breath and the  mind.”

Reverend Amba Marcie Wallace

Marcie Amba Wallace received her 300 and 500 hour trainings through the Lotus Yoga Teacher Training Program. An avid practitioner in the vinyasa style, she teaches a strong vinyasa flow with an emphasis on alignment. She is a firm believer that yoga is for everyone. As a result, she teaches to the elderly and disabled population, teen, kid's, chair and restorative yoga.

 

Tapping into different capabilities keeps her own practice, both inner and outer, fresh and invigorating. Marcie is forever grateful to her Guruji, Sri Reverend Jaganath Carrera, for guiding her on the path. Also much gratitude is extended to Genny Kapuler for her infinite wisdom, gentle guidance and friendship and Jennifer Kohl for starting her on the path. Finally, Marcie would not be traveling this path without the strong support of her husband, four children and dog, the true yogis in her life.  

Reverend Maji Caitlyn Yerves

 

Reverend Maji Caitlyn has a passion for helping others achieve wellness in mind, body, and spirit through the practices of Yoga. She was given the name “Maji” by her beloved Master, Sri Guruji Reverend Jaganath Carrera Maharaj. Under His guidance, Reverend Maji embraces all six branches of yoga and has devoted herself to a life of service. With a fervor for going deeper in study and practice, Reverend Maji has completed Yoga Life Society’s Meditation and Triaxial Yoga teacher trainings. She also serves as the volunteer marketing director for the Yoga Life Center and is an ordained Yoga Life Minister.

Having completed the advanced teacher training at JaiPure Yoga Center, Reverend Maji continues to study and practice as part of the community and under the direction of her esteemed teachers, Rev Amba Marcie Wallace and Satya Loryn Riggiola. Through sharing Yoga, she aims to support others in uncovering the deep peace and happiness that lies within. She mindfully crafts each class for challenge and relaxation, with the intention of channeling peace, joy, love, and light for all.

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